'Lifelong' jewel thief, 80, jailed


An 80-year-old woman has been jailed for stealing a diamond ring from a Macy's department store in San Diego

An 80-year-old woman with a decades-long criminal history has been sentenced to five years in prison for stealing an 8,900 US dollar (£5,528) diamond ring from a Macy’s department store.

Doris Payne was convicted last month of burglary and grand theft in connection with the January 2010 theft at the Fashion Valley shopping centre in San Diego.

She was sentenced in San Diego County Superior Court.

Judge Frank Brown said Payne deserved the maximum sentence because she has several prior convictions for theft and has been sent to prison twice.

Prosecutor John Pro said Payne has made a “lifelong career” of stealing.

The San Diego Union Tribune reported Payne could face extradition to Michigan, where she is accused of stealing a three-diamond ring in 1998.

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